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GOODEs dominate Nationals podium

Nick Parsons on his way to a second-pace finish in Open Men. Click on the image to view a Facebook gallery of photos from the 70th GOODE Water Ski Nationals Championships.

GOODE continued its podium domination as skiers riding its skis won fourteen national titles – including eight of 12 Men’s slalom events – at the 70th GOODE Water Ski National Championships held last week at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Winning titles on GOODEs were:

  • Bailey Austin, G2
  • Kara MacIntyre, G3
  • Kerri McClure, W1
  • Mary Parcheta, W8
  • Loretta Morris, W9
  • Artis Price, W10
  • Matt Richardson, M2
  • Jay Leach, M3
  • Michael Robinson, M4
  • Ed Hickey, M5
  • Jim Kinney, M7
  • Jerry Hosner, M8
  • Robert Morris, M9
  • Todd Ristorcelli, MM

Other GOODE highlights from the week included:

  • Todd Ristorcelli setting pending world 34 mph and MM national records with 5 buoys at 41-feet off (see article below);
  • A 1-4 finish in Mens 5 (Ed Hickey, John Shealy, Ted McColley, and Lonnie Harris);
  • Bailey Austin, Ruth McCreary and Kelley Breeden finishing first, second and fourth in Girls 2;
  • Six combined medals for Harry and Artis Price;
  • Nick Parsons and Makayla Haw each tying for first place and ultimately finishing second after runoffs in the Open divisions;
  • Terry Winter finishing fifth in Open Men and Danyelle Bennett third in Open Women; and,
  • Overall titles won by Danyelle Bennett (OW), Kerri McClure (W1), Marc Shaw (MM), Jerry Hosner (M8), Erika Lang (G3), Loretta Morris (W9), and Artis Price (W10).

Congratulations to all 2012 national champions.

For final results, click here.

Water skiing’s biggest names to compete at this weekend’s Malibu Open

Water skiing’s best will return to Veteran’s Park Lagoon in downtown Milwaukee for this weekend’s Malibu Open.

Organizers are expecting an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 spectators to watch athletes compete for $70,000 in prize money in Men’s and Women’s slalom and jumping.  For the first time ever at the Malibu Open, Junior slalom and jumping events have been added to the event.

Team GOODE will be well represented as the Men’s slalom field includes Thomas Degasperi, Nick Parsons, Terry Winter, Carlo Allais, Adam Sedlmajer, Tyler Scott, Carlos Lamadrid, Alvaro Lamadrid, and Adam Pickos.  Regina Jaquess, Karen Truelove and Makayla Haw will represent Team GOODE in Women’s slalom, with Makayla pulling double duty by skiing in the Under 21 Junior events.

At last year’s event, five of the top-10 finishers in Men’s slalom were on GOODEs and Regina Jaquess earned a spot on the Women’s podium.

To see the Malibu Open running order, click here.

GOODE skiers make their mark at Regionals

Bryce Tolman (middle), Tom Beardsley (left) and Barry Young finished 1-2-3 in Mens 4 at the Western Regionals.

With hundreds of skiers competing in the Western, South Central and Southern regional championships last week it’s tough to track all of the great performances put in on GOODE skis … but here are a few highlights that we know of:

  • Terry Winter took first place in Open Men with a new Western Regional Tournament record of three buoys at 41-feet off.  Nick Parsons finished second;
  • Makayla Haw and Alison Poulsen finished 1-2 in Open Women at the Western Regionals;
  • Lonnie Harris won the South Central Mens 5 title, with Steve Binkley taking second;
  • GOODE skiers swept the Western Regionals Mens 4 division, with Bryce Tolman taking first, Tom Beardsley second and Barry Young 3rd;
  • The Scott brothers both finished on top in the South Central Region, as Chase Scott won Boys 1 and big brother Tyler Scott won Mens 1;
  • In South Central Mens 3, Jay Leach took first and Chad Scott second;
  • Daniel Di Pol topped the field by an amazing seven buoys to take the South Central Boys 3 title;
  • Kevin Lundell and Tylor Brenchley placed first and fifth, respectively in the Western Region Mens 2 division; and,
  • Continuing the Lundell’s good weekend at the Western Regionals, Jessie Jo Lundell took fourth in Women’s 2, while her fellow Utahan Stacy Roberts took fifth.

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SPOILER ALERT: GOODE Atlanta Pro Am results

SPOILER ALERT: If you’d rather watch the special online broadcast of the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am before knowing the final results, head over to Ball of Spray and watch the video now.

For those of you sticking around, we’re glad to be finally able to share the results with you as we’ve been keeping a lid on them in order to preserve anticipation for the online broadcast.

Following up their first- and second-place finishes, respectively, at the Masters the day before, Regina Jaquess and Thomas Degasperi each beat out a field of slalom’s top pros to earn titles at the GOODE Atlanta Pro Am hosted by WaterSki Atlanta.

Regina scored 3-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2-feet off in a runoff with Karina Nowlan (5 buoys at 38-feet off) to earn her second professional victory of the weekend.  Whitney McClintock took third with 5 buoys at 38-feet off, while Team GOODE’s Karen Truelove was fourth with 3 buoys at the same line length.

Coming off his second-place Masters performance, T-Gas scored 3 buoys at 41-feet off to earn the win, with Nate Smith second (2-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off) and Will Asher (2 buoys at 41-feet off) third.

In Masters Men’s, former Open Men’s world-record holder Jeff Rodgers scored 3 buoys at 41-feet off to beat Dave Miller (4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2-feet off) in the head-to-head final.  Dave’s fellow GOODE skiers, Jay Leach (3-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off) and Chad Scott (2-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off), took third and fourth, respectively.

Regina wins Women’s slalom title at 53rd Masters

Regina Jaquess dominated the 53rd Masters, setting a course record on the way to her third career Women’s slalom Masters title.

Coming off her record-setting 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in Saturday’s semifinals, Regina scored 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off in the final round to edge Whitney McClintock’s half buoy at the same rope length.  Team GOODE skiers Clementine Lucine and Karen Truelove placed third and fourth with 2-1/2 and 2 buoys at 38-feet off, respectively.

In Men’s slalom, Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi came up just short of the victory, taking second with 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.  Nate Smith earned his first ever Masters title with 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.  Aaron Larkin took third with 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off and Chris Parrish finished fourth with 2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off.

Team GOODE looking for victories at 53rd Masters

The stage is set for a big 53rd Masters Water Ski Tournament for Team GOODE this weekend as more Men’s and Women’s slalom competitors will ride GOODE skis than any other manufacturer.

In the Men’s competition, defending world champion Thomas Degasperi will be joined by fellow Team GOODE skiers Nick Parsons, the world’s No. 6 ranked skier, and Adam Sedlmajer, a first time Masters slalom qualifier.

On the Women’s side, two-time Masters slalom champion Regina Jaquess and 2005 champion Karen Truelove will be joined by Team GOODE’s Clementine Lucine, who qualified for the event by running 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off at last weekend’s Masters Last Chance Qualifier.

For two Team GOODE skiers in particular, the Masters offers the chance to achieve special career milestones.

Adam, whose only previous Masters experience came on a trick ski, has spent the last few months itching to slalom on the Masters’ hallowed water.

“I’m very honored for the chance to swerve on the famous Robin Lake,” said Adam, who completed his MBA two weeks ago at the University of Louisiana-Monroe.  “Slaloming there has been my dream ever since I attended my first Masters in 2007, when I came to study in the United States.”

And while it might be understandable if he had some pre-Masters nervousness, Adam says he’s not letting the pressure of the event get to him.

“I’m going to take the Masters as if it were any other tournament,” said Adam.  “I know it is very prestigious tournament, but you can’t let that get into your mind.  I’m planning on skiing the same as I do everyday.”

On the other side of the Masters-experience spectrum is Thomas, who first competed there in 2006.  For him, this weekend presents an opportunity to add a rare missing piece in the collection of titles he’s won across the globe during his extraordinary career.

“I’ve won two world championships, the Malibu Open, a bunch of pro tour stops and five European titles, but not the Masters,” said Degasperi, who is coming off a victory earlier this month at the Proa Nautique Mexico Open.  “This tournament is definitely one that I would like to add to my list.  There are many good skiers that can go home with that ring on their finger, but I know I can do it.”

In the junior ranks, GOODE skiers Brando Caruso and Makayla Haw will be looking to defend their 2011 Junior Masters titles.  Brando won last year’s event with a score of 5-1/2 buoys at 38-feet off, while Makayla earned her victory with 1 buoy at 38-feet off.

After winning the Junior Women’s title at the Moomba Masters in March, Makayla will be seeking her second-straight major title since switching to Team GOODE and the GOODE NANO earlier this year.

To keep up with the performances of Team GOODE and the entire Masters field, watch the tournament’s live webcast at masterswaterski.com.

NANO takes water skiing world by storm, becomes GOODE’s surprise best seller

When the GOODE NANO hit the market last spring, Dave Goode expected it to be well received by the marketplace, but didn’t expect the quantity of sales to exceed the 9900 line that had been GOODE’s flagship product.

Boy, was he pleasantly surprised.

Not only did the NANO burst on the scene to quickly become GOODE’s top-selling ski, its success powered the company to its best year ever; quite an achievement considering the state of the economy.

“I thought our most popular ski was still going to be the 9960,” says Dave during a recent interview from GOODE’s headquarters in Ogden, Utah.  “Regina Jaquess and Chris Parrish had both just set world records on the 9900 and the 9960 was an improvement on that.  So it was really awesome to see skiers step up so quickly and make the NANO our number one selling ski.”

While the nano carbon fiber and resin used in the ski provides more stiffness and performance than traditional carbon, its higher material costs also leads to its higher price tag.

“I knew it was a great skiing ski,” says Dave, “and even though it was going to require more costly materials I wanted to build the best ski that I could, even if it meant it wouldn’t be our top unit seller.

“But it didn’t work out that way.  People wanted to get the best.  They understood what the advantages were and went in that direction.  It was a really cool.”

If the overwhelming sales success of the NANO was a surprise, the ski’s performance certainly wasn’t.  Early on in the testing process it was evident to Dave and other testers that the ski’s new materials and twist dual rocker combined to make a high performance slalom machine.

“I took it down to test at Imperial Lakes with Dave Miller and Paul Donatt,” recalls Dave.  “Dave Miller and I were on the dock when all of a sudden we heard whooping and hollering. Someone’s yelling ‘Paul just ran a super easy 38.’  So Dave says ‘give it to me,’ goes out and just loves it.  That’s when we knew we really had something.”

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“It’s the best ski I have ever been on,” says Dave Miller, winner of the 2010 Big Dawg Championships.  “The “twist” allows the ski to come through the turn on each side quicker and smoother allowing you to stay more open with less rotation.”

Meanwhile, 1,500 miles away in Covington, La., perennial Big Dawg power house Chad Scott caught wind of the new design and called Dave to ask him for a chance to try it.  Dave obliged and sent him the third NANO ever made.

“I ran a practice personal best the first day I skied on it,” says Chad.  “It is so easy to ski, it’s unreal.”

Chad liked the ski so much that he never sent it back, skiing on it for the rest of the 2011 season, winning the Texas Big Dawg and tying the Master Men’s U.S. National record with 3-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off in the process.

BIG WINS, BIG SCORES

Chad hasn’t been the only one to find tournament success on the ski, as it’s proven itself on the professional, elite and world stages.

Just two weekends ago Team GOODE’s Thomas Degasperi, Nick Parsons and Javier Julio rode the NANO to a 1-2-3 sweep of the Proa Nautique Mexico Open.

Kyle Tate rode it to win the Big Dawg 2011 Championships and earlier this year skiers on it swept the podium at the Peru Big Dawg with David Miller, Todd Kuykendall and John Shealy placing first, second and third, respectively.  In the junior ranks, Makayla Haw clinched the Junior Women’s slalom title at the Moomba Masters while riding the ski.

JAQUESS SETS WORLD RECORD ON NANO JUST MONTHS AFTER SKI’S INTRODUCTION

But the ski’s biggest performance took place last October when it joined its 9900 brethren in the record books with Regina Jaquess’ Women’s slalom world record of 2 buoys at 41-feet off.  Prior to setting the record, Regina and the ski had been on a tear, running 39-1/2-feet off all three rounds of a tournament in Santa Rosa Beach, running it again a week later in Okeeheelee and then finally breaking her own world record of 1-1/2 buoys at 41-feet off set on the 9900.

Shortly after setting the record, Regina complimented her NANO.

“It’s working awesome,” said Regina.  “It’s definitely a great ski.”

MORE IN STORE FOR 2012

While the NANO had a breakout 2011 and has gotten off to a good start in 2012, the man who designed and engineered it thinks that there is still much more to come.

“Like any technologically advanced product, there are early adopters who are very eager to try the latest and greatest,” says Dave.  “But a lot of skiers, the bulk of the market really, take more of a wait-and-see approach before they make their decision.  This ski has proven itself with big scores and big wins, so those wait-and-see skiers don’t need to wait any longer, especially as they see their friends and competitors on starting docks holding a NANO.  We are seeing more and more people buying NANOs, so we know there are going to be a lot of personal bests go down this year.”

Team GOODE’s T-Gas, Parsons and Javier sweep in Mexico

There must be something about GOODE skis and Latin American water.  A little over a month after GOODE skiers went 1-2-3 at the Peru Big Dawg, pro Team GOODE members Thomas Degasperi, Nick Parsons and Javier Julio swept the podium at the Proa Nautique Mexico Open.

T-Gas scored a half buoy at 41-feet off to earn his first professional title of the year, while Nick and Javier placed second and third with 4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off and 4-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off, respectively.  Like the top three finishers at the Peru Big Dawg, all three rode the GOODE NANO-“twist” with PowerShell 5 boots.

The tournament was held at the Urban Wake Water Ski Complex in Querétaro, Mexico, and featured a field that included Brooks Wilson, Jason McClintock, Daniel Odvarko, and several of Latin America’s top skiers.

Team GOODE skiers earn invites to 53rd Masters

GOODE Skis will be well represented when the 53rd Masters is held Memorial Day weekend at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

On the Men’s slalom side, three of the eight invitees are Team GOODE members, as Thomas Degasperi, Adam Sedlmajer and Nick Parsons all earned invitations.

In Women’s slalom, Karen Truelove and world record holder Regina Jaquess made the field. New Team GOODE member Makayla Haw will defend her Junior Women’s championship from a year ago.

For more event details, including ticket information, click here.

Nick Parsons and Nicole Arthur Win – Alizée Cup – Eurolac, Crozet, France

EUROLAC – CROZET, FRANCE - Nick Parsons and Nicole Arthur win the Alizée Cup in exciting head-to-head night finals. 

Nick Parsons, riding his GOODE 9900SL and PowerShell 5 Boots, had to beat both Will Asher and Chris Parrish for the win. In the finals, Chris Parrish chose to go out first and ran 3 @ 39.5′ off to Nick’s 4 @39.5′ off. Team GOODE Skier, Thomas Degasperi finished 4th place riding his GOODE 9900SL WIDE RIDE and PowerShell 5 Boots . During the first round of the preliminaries, Will Asher ran 1 buoy at 43′off.

The World’s best skiers came to Eurolac to compete for the US $20,000.00 in prize money.

“I just talked to Nick Parsons moments ago.”, said Dave Goode. “He was real excited to win such a prestigious tournament in Europe.”, continues Goode. “He said Eurolac skied great and the water was soft and friendly. We sent Nick over there Wednesday right after the GOODE Ski Lake Tournament with a new 9900SL flex pattern. I am happy to see it perform so well in this event for him.”, concludes Goode.

Team GOODE skier, Nicole Arthur, won using her GOODE 9900SL and PowerShell 5 Boots. Nicole beat Anais Amade in the head-to-head finals. Team GOODE Skier, Clementine Lucine, finished 3rd and was riding her GOODE 9900SL Maika’i.

The Alizée Cup got its name from the lake owner’s daughter, Alizée Paturel.